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Huronís Danforth to join Hall of Fame

Posted: Saturday, Jul 20th, 2013

Perry Danforth


Five former standouts will be inducted into the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013.

The new inductees ó Perry Danforth of Huron, Billy McMacken of Brookings, Mark Ripperda of Larchwood (Iowa) and brothers Chuck and Dave Sendelbach, who spent most of their amateur careers as staples for the Renner Monarchs.

The quintet will be honored on Aug. 17 during the final week of the 2013 South Dakota Amateur Baseball Tournament in Sioux Falls and will be inducted into the hall of fame during a banquet scheduled for Sept. 28 at the Crooks Town Hall.

Their biographies and photos will go on display at the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame building in Lake Norden.

More information on the hall of fame banquet will be announced as details are finalized.

Here is a brief biography on each of the new inductees:

Perry Danforth

The Huron nativeís amateur career spanned three decades, but was broken up with two summers playing in the Basin League and five years in the Milwaukee Brewers organization.

In all, he played 13 seasons of amateur baseball in South Dakota and participated in the state tournament each of those 13 years. He played one season with Woonsocket in 1970 and one season with the Huron Merchants after completing his professional career. He spent five seasons with Huron Porter Ford and his final six years with the Huron Old Mil Sixers before retiring at the age of 45.

A left-handed hitter with a lightning quick bat not only hit for average and power, but also was a talented defensive middle infielder.

His highlights included making the Class A All-Tournament team with Huron Porter Ford and going 5-for-5 with two home runs and six runs batted in as a pickup player for the Huron Merchants in a state-tournament game against Rapid City Gregs.

Danforth also batted third and played shortstop on the South Dakota Over-40 team that won the Menís Senior Baseball World Series title in 1993.

Billy McMacken

The Brookings native spent all of his baseball career playing in his hometown, including a glorious collegiate career as a hitter and pitcher at South Dakota State University ó where he played in all 180 games, batted .390 with 42 home runs and 220 RBIs and also notched 23 career victories.

His bat and arm continued to be noted weapons during his 25-year amateur career (1984-2009) with the Brookings Cubs, where he tallied 168 pitching wins and smacked 240 home runs. He played in nine state Class A championship games, six of which Brookings won (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002) and earned most valuable player honors three times.

McMacken clubbed 17 homers in state-tournament play and was the winning pitcher in three state championship games. On the mound, he recorded a 34-game winning streak from 1997-2000 and tossed 27 shutouts, two no-hitters and four one-hitters.

He also managed the Brookings Cubs during each of their state championship seasons, coached Brookings to the 2001 state Class A high school championship and the Brookings Bombers to the 2010 state Class AA 13-14 VFW title.

Mark Ripperda

Ripperda dedicated nearly 40 years of his life to amateur baseball in Larchwood (Iowa), playing his entire career with Larchwood from 1966-1986 and managing the team from 1980-2003.

Despite hitting only one career home run, Ripperda batted over .340 during his career and was widely known as a cluch hitter. He earned all-tourney honors and batted .615 to take state-tournament batting champion honors in 1980.

A catcher, one of his most memorable highlights was catching Rick Hiltunenís perfect game in the 1978 state tournament at Madison.

His amateur career began after his sophomore year in high school, when the Larchwood amateur teamís catcher was kicked off the team. In 38 seasons as a player or manager, Ripperdaís squads notched two runner-up finishes in state tournaments and experienced numerous quarterfinal defeats to eventual state champions. He did play on two South Dakota teams that won Over 40 championships at the Menís Senior Baseball World Series.

Active with baseball both on and off the field, he was a member of the Larchwood Baseball Board from 1975-2005, umpired youth games and attended the SDABAís annual winter meetings during his days as a player and manager.

Chuck Sendelbach

Chuckís 45-year amateur career began in 1968 in his hometown of Pipestone (Minn.), but the South Dakota State University baseball alum spent the majority of his career as a member of the Renner Monarchs.

A talented all-around player, Sendelbach batted over .337 in his career and played on teams in South Dakota and Minnesota that won three state championships and finished second four times.

Often considered the ďunofficialĒ captain on many of the teams he played on, the infielder earned team MVP honors, played on several all-star teams and earned All-Tourney honors at the South Dakota state tournament.

In addition to his offensive and defensive skills, his leadership, knowledge of the game and steady play were some of his biggest contributions to the amateur game.

The longevity of Chuckís career was greatly enhanced with the advent of senior baseball. He represented South Dakota on 11 teams that played in the Menís Senior Baseball World Series ó two that won titles and three that finished second ó and nine teams that played in the Roy Hobbs Senior Baseball Tournaments, including one champion.

Dave Sendelbach

Daveís 24-year amateur baseball began in Flandreau in 1973 and 1974 and concluded with a 22-year stint with the Renner Monarchs from 1975-1996.

A three-year letterwinner at South Dakota State University, he played on Renner teams that won South Dakota state championships in 1980, 1983 and 1995. He batted .348 during his career and racked up 486 stolen bases, including a perfect 31-for-31 in the 1982 seasons and 12-for-12 in the 1983 state tournament.

His versatility was a definite benefit. His pitched and caught early in his career, but spent most of it as a second baseman or centerfielder. He earned all-tournament honors three times and was also selected as Rennerís team MVP three times.

Other career highlights include a six-hit performance in the 1983 state championship game, a 35-game hitting streak, 102 career home runs and turning 35 double plays in the 1977 season with his brother Chuck.

Sendelbach also was a member of South Dakota teams that won Menís Senior Baseball World Series titles in 1988 and 1993.

For the complete article see the 07-19-2013 issue.

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